Special Report

The Top 15 Pizza Chains in America

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15. Godfather’s Pizza
> U.S. sales: $240 million (est.)
> Number of U.S. units: 548

Not everyone finds this chain’s mob-themed branding to be in good taste, but it has won fans for its wide array of choices. Pizzas come in five sizes, with four different crust options, and besides a number of specialty variations (Baja Taco, Buffalo Chicken, Hawaiian, etc.), there are two dozen toppings for DIY pies, not counting sauces, dips, and “drizzles.”

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14. Pizza Ranch
> U.S. sales: $249 million
> Number of U.S. units: 207

Pizza, chicken, and salads, served buffet style, are the specialties at this Midwestern fast casual chain, founded and based in Iowa. Among the distinctly non-Italian pizza varieties are the BLT, the Mac & Cheese, the Bacon Cheeseburger, and the Texan Taco. Some locations have FunZone Arcades attached.

13. Blaze Pizza
> U.S. sales: $326 million
> Number of U.S. units: 296

“Fast-Fire’d Custom Built Artisanal Pizzas” are the thing at this Pasadena, California-based chain, founded in 2011 on the Chipotle design-your-own model. Dough is fresh-made daily and toppings include applewood-smoked bacon, grilled chicken, artichokes, zucchini, gorgonzola, vegan cheese, and spicy red sauce, along with more than 30 other choices.

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12. Cicis
> U.S. sales: $350 million (est.)
> Number of U.S. units: 423

Cicis is built around an “unlimited pizza buffet” (there’s also a salad bar, a selection of chicken wings that must be ordered separately). Pizzas come as conventional round pies, pan pizzas, flatbread pizzas, and stuffed crust pizzas. Besides the usual combos, possibilities include Pepperoni & Jalapeño, Zesty Ham & Cheddar, and Chicken Bacon Club.

11. Jet’s Pizza
> U.S. sales: $356 million
> Number of U.S. units: 397

This suburban-Detroit-based chain grew out of Jetts Party Shoppe & Pizzeria, opened in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1978. The rectangular-shaped pizzas include Aloha BBQ Chicken, BLT, and All Meaty versions, but there are copious build-your-own options. Six crust types are offered (including deep dish and cauliflower) as are eight crust flavorings (butter, poppy seed, Cajun, etc.).